Living in London, I don't have a car and haven't driven in years and so seem to spend a lot of my time on trains visiting friends and family. I would say I get a train to visit someone once or twice a month at least!
There is encouragement and gratitude born when looking back on a life shift to see the pieces that created the first steps. Sometimes it is one large event that forces a redirection and other times it is a subtle series of events that can often be overlooked when viewed on their own.
When it came to booking our first family holiday, I didn't hesitate to go abroad - in fact staying at home didn't even come into the question. We did our research and decided on Sardinia. A two-hour flight away, with Caribbean style beaches - just the tonic after a crazy year.
I've been doing it for five years now, and I'm addicted. On my own, I can holiday at my own pace and I can choose to be with other people, or not. I've found the freedom exhilarating.
When I told my friends I was going on holiday with my mum, reactions ranged from the slightly mocking "God I couldn't think of anything worse", to the downright envious "wow I wish I had that kind of relationship with my mum".
Carhenge is a replica of England's Stonehenge made out of cars. It's pretty obvious, really. It's just north of Alliance and was built by Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father. The vintage American autos are painted grey, and Carhenge is open all-day, every day, and is free.
I've always had a fondness for water mills - it was my ambition as a child to one day live in one - but I'd never heard of a tide mill until I came to Suffolk. There's probably a good reason for that - it is thought there are only five left anywhere in the world that are in working order and still grinding wheat to make flour.
It won't be long before you're in the minority if you've never travelled solo - new research from across 25 countries found that around 24% of us set out alone on our last overseas trip, up from 15% in 2013.
Summer is now officially upon us, and UK travellers will no doubt be keeping an eye open for potential holiday destinations. The Mediterranean has a vast array of islands, each offering their own distinct and unique mix of sun, sea, sand and culture.
As we adventure-hungry Gen Y's lead the charge for experiential travel with our selfie-sticks held high, the demand for authentic accommodation is growing faster than our bucket lists.
These images are based on commuting data released earlier this year by the Office for National Statistics and show the commuting links between different cities in London and the south east. The point here is that, seen in this way, London is very much the 'mega city' depicted by the late urbanist Sir Peter Hall in his study of urban mega city regions of Europe.
You've been to the top of the Empire State Building, visited Central Park, gone to the Statue of Liberty, and seen Times Square. But there are plenty of other outdoor activities to help you enjoy New York's fine summer weather, day or night. Here are five fun outdoor things you can do in New York this summer, that you might not have considered.
My husband has become highly adept in pushing me in my wheelchair whilst manoeuvring a large case on wheels at the same time - impressively even up and down steep inclines. This requires not only strength but the ability to steer avoiding any oncoming passengers and obstacles.
Start off your day with breakfast at the Camellia Grill. You can sample the famous New Orleans sandwiches, the Po' Boy and the Muffaletta or try the delicious pancakes and omelettes. The people that work here will be sure to put a smile on your face, as they're always extremely friendly.
For many people the hardest part of learning a language isn't getting to grips with the grammar or the spellings, the conjugations or the colloquialisms. It's the embarrassment. More specifically, getting over it.
Morocco is possibly one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. For one week, myself and six other Arabic language students backpacked from Marrakech to Fes, discovering a diverse range of people, places and most importantly foods!